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Endangered Recipes: Too Good to Be Forgotten Hardcover – October 7, 2003

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Robling, a regular contributor to the radio show A Chef's Table, has assembled a beautifully designed collection of 80 recipes for foods that have faded into culinary obscurity. The author believes that "the nostalgic memories created by food are, without a doubt, the most evocative and compelling of all." Therefore, "all these foods must be saved." From simple entries like Tomato Soup and Marshmallows to comforting favorites like Parker House Rolls and Crockpot Apple Butter, many of the recipes are sure to evoke warm memories for most readers. Photographs by Mark Thomas are both enticing and affectionately kitschy. Chapter organization is somewhat illogical, however; readers searching for a homey dessert might not know whether to look in Sunday Suppers, Messy Food, or Home Before Dark. But with such an eclectic mix, that's understandable-and the exploration required to find just the right recipe is like taking a stroll back through the decades.
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Traditional recipes, handed down from generation to generation, are the basis of this American recipe book. Attractively presented in a slightly retro style, it is a celebration of American cooking at its best. Reflecting the country's diverse heritage it includes recipes such as Irish Colcannon, Korean steak on fire, Kibbeh and a whole host of Italian and Jewish influenced cooking. Each recipe is accompanied by an introduction to its background, adding a personal touch to this collection of homely, tasty dishes: brownies and pies, soups and stews, bread and icecreams, drinks and even dog biscuits! Charmingly and amusingly written by author Lari Robling and attractively illustrated with both photographs and drawings throughout, it is an all-American treasure trove of culinary ideas and information. A charming compote of comfort cooking, this is for all lovers of home-baking with an American twist. - Lucy Watson
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (October 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584793120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584793120
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,399,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lari Robling's book "Endangered Recipes, Too Good to be Forgotten," is a pleasurable mixture of food, folklore, stories, and cultural and family history. The recipes and narrative make you want to head for the kitchen and start pumping parents, grandparents, great-aunts and uncles for family dishes and food tales.

From vignettes on several recipe rescuers and "Kitchen Wisdom" tips, to a section on how to collect family recipes titled "Passing Down the Plate," this work has something for anyone who eats, loves, and yearns for a link to their past. All accompanied by a chatty, informative and intelligent narrative. Beautiful work!
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Lari Robling has written one of the friendliest books around, and user-friendly as well. It is full of classic American home recipes, comfort food, really useable recipes. All those cooks who are weary of the pretentiousness of the glossy magazine presentations, and who want real food in real time are going to love this book. Lari writes as if she is talking to a friend, and she understands what we all have to do in the kitchen to feed our families, but she makes sure we have a good time, too. The stories about the recipes are priceless but this is a book for cooking from, too.
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Lari has bravely written a book that celebrates food as we once loved it-because it tasted good.Each recipe is accompanied by a nostaligic note that enhances its flavor.There are kindly written hints with each recipe that you will hear in your mother or grandmother's voice when you read.

Your heart,soul and stomach will be satisfied.
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I'm enjoying this cookbook a lot, both for reading and cooking. It's great fun to browse! The recipes I've tried have worked out well, too. For example, the Mac & cheese variant was interesting and very tasty, and I'm now using parts of it in my go-to version.

This is straightforward American comfort food, for the most part.
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Longing for Grandma's supper table? Buy this book. Start your own reputation as a classic maker of comfort food! Wow your friends who cannot boil water with your skills at all their favorites from their grandmothers! They may even offer to do the dishes!
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This is the best cookbook I've purchased in recent memory. It has an eclectic and broad range of recipes, but they are all ones you wish you had. Recipes are a great mix of really special and from scratch, but not so complicated that they're impractical. It's really like inheriting Grandma's recipe box. I checked this out from the local library and immediately went online and bought a copy.
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By Jenn's Mom on October 2, 2006
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This wonderful book is not just full of recipes, but full of memories. Any cook book can list ingredients and directions, but not all of them also contain stories about the recipes. Mrs. Small's Crab Cakes are delicious and I don't blame Dorothy Small for keeping it to herself until the very end.

Thank you, Lari Robling and Mark Thomas.
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just a wonderfully written, delightful recipe boodk. I savored each page for it's stories, "eye candy" photos of items from bygone eras and Lari's accounts of sweet and happy family memories....i was glad she told me about her book when i met her at Habitat for Humanity in Philadelphia.
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